By Scott Brown
The extreme own trip of a guy who, opposed to all odds, rose to develop into certainly one of America’s so much dazzling and promising new political figures Scott Brown's maximum win didn't ensue on a chilly January election evening in 2010 while he got here from in the back of to catch the U.S. Senate seat held by way of Ted Kennedy for almost fifty years. it all started while he survived a savage beating on the drunken, dirty-fingernail arms of a stepfather while he was once slightly six years previous, whereas attempting to defend his mom. during this gripping memoir of resilience and redemption, Brown tells the tale of his tough, usually nomadic youth, shunted from residence to residence, and city to city, seventeen occasions over his first eighteen years. He in some way thrived regardless of a principally absent father, who married 4 separate occasions. So did his mom, in relationships often stained with alcohol, anger, or even violence. for almost 20 years' transforming into up, Brown continued innumerable hardships and demanding situations, even stealing nutrients to devour. He was once periodically despatched off to dwell with kin, his possessions wrapped in a couple of outdated blankets. kept by means of basketball, he used to be the boy who shoveled snow from the general public courts to shoot hoops by myself within the frozen chilly. With clear-eyed conviction and unflinching can-dor, Brown tells the tale of his personal bad-boy days, of the coaches who mentored him, and of the way he chanced on a manner out of familial chaos throughout the sleek of a ball within the web, profitable a beginning slot at the Tufts varsity basketball group as a freshman participant and changing into the tenth-highest scorer to graduate within the school's historical past. His upward push from there has been much more unbelievable: a first-year legislations pupil and member of the Massachusetts nationwide safeguard, he used to be picked as Cosmopolitan magazine's "America's Sexiest guy" and was once vaulted into the glamorous international of latest York modeling on the peak of the Nineteen Eighties. however the guy who used to be ushered into the backrooms of Studio fifty four again to Massachusetts to proceed along with his army and criminal education, quiet down, elevate a kin, and shortly discovered an not going course that may lead him to nationwide political stardom. right here, too, are the secrets and techniques from the extraordinary Senate race that captured the country's mind's eye and the way Scott Brown received his awesome victory. Poignant, heartfelt, funny, and profound, this can be the tale of 1 man's dream and his choice to struggle for a greater destiny.
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Extra resources for Against All Odds: My Life of Hardship, Fast Breaks, and Second Chances
My mother petitioned to have Leeann’s name formally changed to Brown, and it was. My disappearing father now had two offspring, and Leeann now had two phantom dads.
Spicer, who lived across the street and tinkered with car engines; or June, the older woman who lived alone in the small white house with black shutters at the end of the block just across Court Street and who had me in for “tea,” which always involved a small plate of cookies at her kitchen table. She asked me to call her “Aunt June,” and I did. I made friends with David McClellan, one of the McClellan boys who lived three houses down on Eastern; and Susan Norton, who lived next door. No one turned me away, and whatever they thought of my mother and her marriages and her two children, the neighbors kept to themselves and I kept appearing at their doors.
My father often left me with Robyn and Bruce, under the theory that we were all his kids, and thus siblings, and so of course we would play together and get along. But I didn’t see it that way. They lived in this nice house; they went on vacations, to the beach, to Disneyland. I had never even been to Boston; I knew nothing of the Public Garden or Faneuil Hall or Fenway Park and Red Sox games. I only had to glance around to see the incontrovertible evidence of his new life. As each year passed, photos of Robyn and Bruce and Delores were displayed in frames all over the house.
Against All Odds: My Life of Hardship, Fast Breaks, and Second Chances by Scott Brown